* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

1743 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

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Shocking news!

People interested in a subject, more frequently interested in using products, services related to subject?!

In other news, Pope a Catholic, bears deficate in woods and Sherlock loses track of Schitt.

On a more serious note, the issue is also that the RTB ads are easier to setup for sites, since they don't require adding context for articles. But as with many things this is probably much more nuanced a subject.

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Re: Mouse mats with logos -avoid, avoid, avoid

The father in law gave me a very beautiful Chinese bird painting one. Had to explain that I couldn't use it for this reason which disappointed him somewhat. Now I just it as a picture on my desk and stick to using a grey paper cutting board that I've had for years (nice and stiff, really smooth and teflon mouse feet glide over it like a charm).

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Re: I'm sure we've all done this too

I thought I was the only one! Always seems to happen when walking home after drinking my taxi money..

Stinker, emailer, trawler, spy: How an engineer stole top US chip designs, smuggled them to China to set up a rival fab

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So what about Chinese non-nationals?

Asking on behalf of Enquiring minds (I know alot of Chinese people, who weren't born in China. I even married one of them). South-east Asia happens to have alot of racial Chinese around (South Thailand has lots, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia too). Then there's the North West American seaboard which has large numbers of 2nd, 3rd or beyond generation racial Chinese.

Most of them have very little connection these days to the Mother Country (though my wife has visited the village her great grandfather was raised in before he moved abroad).

Also what of those from Hong Kong or Taiwan? Things get strange when you're talking the difference between mainlanders and Honkies (blame the wife for that one) who tend to be somewhat confrontational at the moment.

Apple says if developers are unhappy with its App Store decisions, it will entertain appeals against its rulings – and even its own rules

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Re: "The proof is in the pudding"

Are you implying that the pudding is of equal quality to Dibblers eponymous 'Sausage-in-a-bun (contains meat with personality)'?

No mention of rejection notices at least being more clear other than some vague and arbitrary clause that doesn't mention what exactly has caused the rejection (is it a feature, function or some new rule thats suddenly come in when an update gets reviewed that gets your app rejected?).

Time as with many things will tell.

Korean boffins build COVID-bot to shove a swab right up your hooter

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Any ideas...

On how good the software is? Does it fail safe or would it just carry on regardless?

Out of all a number of robotic machines around this is one that I don't want to see get stuck in a loop or crash (especially not while it's trying to peel the back of my throat out through my nose).

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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My first modem..

A 36k speed demon had the software for faxing. Used have my dad getting very smug over being able to fax orders through to local suppliers on the rare occasion he couldn't be bothered to ring them instead.

I've even got a few machines with modems built in kicking around (an old vaio and lenovo) so I could still have some fun with the stuff now (software permitting).

How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!

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Do we have any details...

On the make and model of the laptops used, OS involved etc...

Just wondering what devices are considered safe for this sort of thing by the MOD/military courts etc.

Enquiring minds and all that.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: E-waste

It was a landfill pc when new to be honest, pretty sure it's EOL was about 1 or 2 years after production ended. Such it the joys of modern computers (it was a hand-me-down 4 odd years ago and the eldest had given it a hammering).

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Re: E-waste

Bless, I recently got an original bondi blue iMac up and running again. Only needed a new hard drive since the original one 'sang' when spinning.

Apple does make robust hardware from time to time but have been trying to eak out ever last nickle and dime lately and it's showing. As is the obsession with having something new every time (even if that means replacing something that never should have been messed with.. I'm looking at you Mac book pro keyboard).

On the flipside, the eldest just managed to break the screen on her Acer aspire one and it's going to cost more than a second hand one to get a new screen. The screen was appalling when new anyway but resellers want about as much as for the full HD screen for my works lenovo. Madness...

AWS flexes more cloudy Arm CPUs – and suggests they'll outpace competition over time

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I wonder...

How well they can scale up production to meet demands, as well as if they'd start selling these chips in complete boxes. It wouldn't be the first time a computer maker started making their own chipage, boxes and then started selling them as separate products in their own right.

Though the irony of going from virty to physical boxes when the competition has had to go the otherway to survive would be something to see.

Ooo, a mystery bit of script! Seems legit. Let's see what happens when we run it

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Re: Last time my car stalled...

Was the coffin surrounded by Das Blinken Lights? Any chance the vampire answered to the name 'Richmond'?

Enquiring minds and all that...

Trump's Make Space Great Again video pulled after former 'naut says: Nope

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Re: Nuts

You think he's got the attention span to watch a whole mini-series?

I admire your confidence...

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Re: Nuts

That implies he was ever on or owned his own trolly to start with...

What I want to know is why everyone (at least those that mattered) let him get to this point? I mean the whole tax return thing, the amount of failed businesses that he's had. The sexism, nepotism... The lack of a thick skin. The list goes on.

It's like some bizarre mashup of 1984, Brazil and idiocracy. All while desperately wishing Starship troopers would be the actual reality instead (I would mention a brave new world but there hasn't been a film of it yet).

(and yes I'm aware of the irony of Starship troopers that the film misses by a planetary system).

If Daddy doesn't want me to touch the buttons, why did they make them so colourful?

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I didn't bring my child to work..

I *WAS* that child that would prod every button. Fun when your dad's an industrial sparky and gets called to work on North Sea fishing boats...

Testing the sonar in the harbour was fun.

Going into the engine room even more so... The fire suppression cord was always so tempting (but did remain un-yanked... You'd think my old man never trusted me...)

Zealous Zoom's zesty zymotic zone zinger: Zestful zealots zip zillions

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Re: Video Won't Be My New Voice

No, it's because Skype is... Well.... Unfit for purpose of anything. Other than... Actually, no. It's hopeless.

Skype for business is even worse.

Which is why teams still surprises me in that it actually works, and works well.

SpaceX is about to launch its first Starlink internet satellite sporting a sun visor following complaints by astronomers

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Re: Solution?

May I suggest "SQuare Unit Instrument Not on Tera - Astro Boffins International Telescope"


Mines the one with the long exposure...

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

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Re: Pretty little dot..

To be fair, we'd gone to the top floor window and then had to explain after spotting it that it was the spaceship and that it being white reflected the light hence why it was so bright.

The kids though loved the dinosaur, especially since they've got the same one.

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Pretty little dot..

Saw it earlier on it's way past. Had to explain to the wife what the bright white dot was and why it was moving so fast.

HP's hoping it'll be second time lucky with launch of Reverb G2 nerd goggles

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That's not always a bad thing.

Just look at the iPhone. Smart phones had been done before, but arriving late meant everyone else had laid the groundwork and with the right product pushed everyone enough to really make a nieche product mainstream.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: At least..

I can think of alot worse things that "they" don't want to happen... And plenty more than just one thing.

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At least..

It's easy to override, obvious to the pilots and whilst confusing not immediately dangerous (unless the pilots fail to take any action and the air space is very crowded with another aircraft loitering around where the plane would turn into).

On top of that as soon as it was reported Bombardier investigated rather than ignore the issue and write it off as pilot error.

Pretty much the polar opposite of what Boeing did...

Did nobody tell them about the lockdown? Logitech releases new 'luggable' mechanical keyboard for LAN parties

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The fun of a wireless keyboard...

Is in plugging it into someone else's machine for random inputs and associated hijinks.

But... For £200... For something that lights up like a cheap nightclub? And using switches that I have no chance to test anytime soon....

I think I'll pass.

Beardy Branson’s 747-assisted sat-launcher can’t get it up

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They didn't even get a chance to attempt re-entry.

At least it didn't just blow its load (of fuel) all over the cosmic girl...

Mines the one with the VHS of Barbarella in the pocket.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: $$$

You do get a lot of cpu for the money. Those bad boys are massive and 4 times the core count of the more standard chipage.

But they are also very niche and bragging rights processors.

That said. I'd have one of I could get it past the wife...

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies

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They were lucky...

At least got it back. If there was a certain bald youth in the vicinity (usually with a football or kite) I'm sure it would have been consumed whole.

Mines the one with the peanuts in the pockets.

Bionic eyes to be a thing in the next decade? Possibly. Boffins mark sensor-density breakthrough

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Wonderful development in tech

I can see its got good potential.... But

Does anyone else feel slightly nervous about the idea of having eyes that might need a firmware update?

Just saying..

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

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Re: I drink both and I speak for me

Of the stove tops I've got 3 (a one espresso, a 6 espresso and a 9 espresso sized).

Sadly the 9 has developed a hole in it, the 6 is some IKEA version that never quite got the pressure high enough without burning the coffee first but the one shot works perfectly and has seen more use in the last 2 months than the previous 20 years my wife owned it.

Local roasters along with supplies of Kopi-O are keeping me caffinated and sane through all this current madness.

Tea before bed though. I'll give them all that much.

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Re: I'm with you

If I doesn't leave the cup the same colour as bitumen then it's not trying hard enough.

I recommend Kopi-O from the Far East for this trick. The stuff you can brew is strong enough that the bag can be reused for lesser mortals pallettes. As for me, I take the stuff strong enough to stain the cup, the stainless sink and anything porous within a yard of the cup.

And then when you've drunk it you can hear smells, code in 7 dimensions and achieve harmonic resonance with nearby glassware...

It's great. Though I do wonder if it should be a controlled substance by this point.

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Re: Tea addicts

Must have been double bagging the cups. Typhoo I assume?

It most certainly can't have been Yorkshire tea. That stuffs far too good for such brazen measures.

Mines the one with the Malaysian BOH gold blend in the pockets...

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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Re: Would never have happened in my day

No, even the Buddhists have their extremists too. DKBA and 969 movement being recent notable examples.

FSM is fine though, all good there (so far....)

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

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Go back and read it again...

On your point 3... did the article mention that people said 'Hey Siri' ? No, no it doesn't.

On the flipside, how do you think Siri knows you've said 'Hey Siri' ? It's got to have a live mic to be able to hear the command word. What's happening is this live mic is actively recording and feeding back whatever the mic captures that is not explicitly 'Hey Siri'.

Now, you might be right in that Siri cannot listen without the command word, but that doesn't mean the device containing Siri cannot listen either. It HAS to listen to be able to trigger Siri. One cannot happen without the other.

Now, go back and think more critically over what you've said.

Podcast Addict Play Store ban: Android chief says soz for incorrect removal, developers aren't impressed

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Hey Siri..

Enhance 224 to 176.

Enhance. Stop.

Move in. Stop.

Pull out, track right. Stop.

Center and pull back. Stop.

Track 45 right. Stop. Center and stop.

Enhance 34 to 36.

Pan right or-and pull back. Stop.

Enhance 34 to 46.

Pull back. Wait a minute. Go right. Stop.

Enhance 57 to 19. Track 45 left. Stop.

Enhance 15 to 23.

Gimme a hard copy right there.

Mines the dirty raincoat with the copy of 'Do androids dream of electronic sleep?' in the pocket...

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: violations of the 'User Data Privacy' policy

Which is about as clear as receiving a letter for a traffic violation with a fine.

No mention what rule was broken or how the traffic was violated.

So nothing to give you an idea of just needs remedying nor how to challenge an injust accusation.

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Re: AI is rubbish, developer doesn't read emails?

Having developed stuff to work with adwords, this isn't new behaviour. They've been doing this sort of sudden change with little to no warning for at least a decade.

Yes they'd send emails, but I never once remember receiving one that explicitly warned me that an upcoming change was going to set a bin fire again that would then be my problem to fix again. Even more fun when they drop documenting API calls. That was a fun few weeks trying figure out camelcase/bem/strongly typed APIs with only a vague error response to go on.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Be careful where you..

Point that opinion at..

As for assuming this is aimed purely at the registers usual British readers, I'm pretty confident this is not for them. The site does get its occasional infiltrators from other news agencies or even cited in court rooms and I'm pretty sure it was spelled out before the first US of A based lawsuit was aimed at them or FOX news tried quoting it as fact.

Don't forget, sarcasm is often missed by those with an agenda and taking irony seriously has lead to things like scientology becoming a thing so sometimes it's better to assume the reader is abit lacking and spell things out.

Tales from the crypt-oh: Nvidia accused of concealing $1bn in coin-mining GPU sales as gaming revenue

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If they've sold..

$1b+ of gamer focused hardware, they've sold $1b+ of gamer focused hardware.... If the owners of this product for a segment decide they want to use it only for CAD workstation stuff.. So what? If its bought by millions of people with no intention to game on the hardware, what difference to the bottom line does it make?

As with so many things involving stock markets and shares, everyone forgets that nothing is infinite (save for human greed) and this too shall pass given enough time.

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: Milk consumption?

Our household doubled our milk intake and even then that isn't always enough when milk in quantity is required during cooking/baking.

How do I know it doubled? We get ours from a local dairy, about 3 miles away and we doubled up our daily delivery.

They've actually reported to us current customers that they've seen an increase of trade to the point they're not taking on new customers. Swings and roundabouts for all in this.

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Re: It's probably not actually "bad".

I have a stash of beer in the cellar for just such purposes. So far the oldest I've got is 7 years and counting but of the newer purchases is a beer with a best before date of 2049... Also got some biiiggg 750ml barely wines aged in a Spayside whisky cask which isn't going to see the light of day for at least another decade.

As for some of the other more common beers, shame.. But then John smiths, tetleys and carling always tasted off even when it was in date. Its the smaller guys my heart goes out to (though I've been ordering home delivery beers from local brewers so I've been trying to support the smaller guys).

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam

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Re: Also Microsoft

The register isn't being complicit. They're just reporting on Trumps actions and letting the reader decide.

There's not much bias in the article, it neither condones nor encourages.

If you, dear commentard feel otherwise, then that's on you.

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle

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Re: US Law applies worldwide

Income or profit? Things get decidedly strained when it comes to that point. Especially with regards to taxation.

Which accounts for the GDPR regs just going "buggerit" and stating 'global'.

At least someone is reminding the US of A that it is in fact not the world police despite what it wishes.

(fun fact the states is in a very exclusive club of itself and Somalia as the only countries that demand taxes from earnings made outside of the country. Even if those earnings have already been taxed.)

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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Re: WTF ?!!

The old rubber bullets also used to have issues with the police intentionally firing at the ground so the rubber would then come off the projectile before it ricocheted. Thus making it substantially more unpleasant than before.

And who says the police don't have a sense of humor or fair play..

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Could have been worse.

Could have been one of the Apple hockey Puck mice that came with early iMacs. I still have no idea what possessed them to think it was a practical or comfortable design to use.

That said I recently re-acquired my iMac g3 (it was claimed parts along with others from a job where pay was not forthcoming at one point, got left in storage, given to a friend to convert to a cat carrier and now found its way back though without the original keyboard and mouse).

Lots of retro gaming to be had including a nice Marathon session and Doom on a proper CRT.

Gimp icon because you had to be one to use that sodding mouse.

There's a world out there with a hexagon vortex over its pole packed with hydrocarbon ice crystals. That planet is Saturn

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Re: If this giant nut comes undone ...

* sucks in air through teeth... *

Well, we can get the part to tighten it back down in a month but if you want it sooner you're going to have to pay for express shipping by the million mile. .

Russia admits, yup, the Americans are right: One of our rocket's tanks just disintegrated in Earth's orbit

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Re: Irresponsible?

On an idle pondering, has anybody ever experimented with laser beams on space objects using a satellite in orbit rather than a ground borne lase (like those boffins of an Antipodean nature)?

Seems like we could do with a few space lasers at a very high altitude to give objects the nudge they need to get out of the way or even de-orbit quicker.

Paris - because of Space (will LOHAN ever happen?)

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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No reference to Babage then?

He has a thing for broken windows before he even invented the computer...

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: The full-blown Apple formula

The mouses were an abomination, thankfully you could replace them just fine.

Which reminds me, I meant to collect an old G3 iMac off a friend who was contemplating turning it into a cat box.

Gimp because you had to be one to use the original mouse and keyboard.

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Re: The full-blown Apple formula

In Yorkshire? Must have been in the nicer parts around York or Leeds... In all my schooling in North Yorkshire I never saw a mac other than the rumour of 2 Apple] ['s under the main stage basement in my second, secondary school.

Apparently they had some really good scanners or something but got left since that was pretty much all the staff thought they were good for.

Everything else was BBC micros, Windows 3.1/95, some Acorns in the music labs and a bunch of Gold mono-chrome schneider Euro PC's (which I'd swear was training us to work as spies since we had one of the listening posts up the road).

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Re: Experienced tester.

Fellow developers can get even more creative...

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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Re: A decent keyboard is a decent investment

I've got a QPAD MK-80 which has been rock solid since I bought it (£20 with an AZERTY layout, but I'm a touch typer so key caps layout doesn't matter much). Only gripe is the silicone coating is looking tatty on the palm rest.

Other than that I've got a 16 year old Apple Pro Bluetooth keyboard. Which I've bought spares for because my first one died after my workplace's air-con dripped on it.

Surprisingly once you get used to how stiff the domes are in it, it's a very pleasant keyboard and each one of the domes is individual so can be replaced if required.

That said I still regret not taking home an old dell Alps keyboard from my old place. That thing was truely built to last.


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